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Chandigarh

Malnutrition-Free Chandigarh Mission Through Jan Bhagidari During The 5th Rashtriya Poshan Maah

Yadavindra S Rana | September 13, 2022 06:36 PM

CHANDIGARH : Approximately 32, 772 activities have been conducted following the mission of
Malnutrition free Chandigarh through Jan Bhagidari during the celebration of 5th Rashtriya Poshan
Maah, 2022, by Department of Women and Child Development in convergence with all line
departments of Chandigarh.
Mmajor activities were conducted at various Anganwadi Centres include Anemia camp and
blood sugar testing at palsora circle on Monday. During the camp, 56 beneficiaries have been
screening by Dr. Rachana Srivastava, School of Public Health PGIMER Chandigarh. The beneficiaries
also sensitized regarding taking iron rich diet i.e. Gur, citric fruits, palak, leafy green vegetables,
legumes, low cost healthy recipes. Further, iron folic acid tablets have also been distributed among
the beneficiaries.
A special awareness generation programme on gender sensitization was organized in village
Kaimbwala in Kajheri circle. During the event, discussion held with the local community members to
reduce the barriers caused due to discrimination and gender bias. The Adolescent Girls also
performed dance based on Women Empowerment has also added value to the event.
                The initiative is about spreading behavioural change and communication (BCC) messages
related to maternal, infant and young child care and feeding practices. It also includes other related
interventions such as growth monitoring, anaemia management, hygiene and sanitation, awareness
on healthy life styles, Preschool Education and alleviating various unhealthy practices related to
pregnancy/child birth/child growth related with myths.
                Another notable events held at Vikas Nagar and Industrial area where the drawing
competition on the theme malnutrition, Lecture on nutritional diet to mothers and home visit for
child cleanliness have been organized respectively.
                     The Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre and Department of Pediatrics, GMSH-16,
Chandigarh has initiated a month long (September, 2022) intensive campaign for universal screening
of children enrolled in all 450 Anganwadis of Chandigarh for the Elimination of Childhood
Malnutrition. In this series, a health checkup camp at Kajheri where approx. 1685 children checked
by doctors of which 21 Children have been referred to Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, UT
Chandigarh for further adequate management of malnutrition.
                     Department of Education under the theme “khelo and padho”  has organized various
activities in which education through TOYS and TLM (Teaching Learning Material) has been
promoted in the schools of Chandigarh. The activities were focused to make the teaching learning
process fun and engaging for students. The activities not only made education interesting but also
involved more attentiveness, alertness and creativity to enhance the performance of students.
Further, INDEGENOUS TOYS were used in the activity as TLM. These toys were made by teachers and
students all together.
Department of Women and Child Development request the community members to visit
the nearest Anganwadi centres to join hand together to be a part of POSHAN Abhiyaan to eradicate
malnutrition from each corner of the city.

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